Venizelos, Smith Named to FBI Positions

October 6, 2010
By Beverly Schaeffer

George Venizelos has been named special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. Debra E. Smith has been appointed special agent in charge of the Administrative Division of the Washington, D.C., Field Office.

Cool App-titude: MilPay

October 5, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

No more guessing games when it comes to military pay. The MilPay app for the iPhone and iPad breaks down basic pay, housing allowances and special pay using official data from the Defense Department.

Kratos to Support Pacific Region Cybersecurity Efforts for U.S. Navy

October 4, 2010
By George Seffers

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Incorporated recently announced that it has received a U.S. Navy services contract to perform information technology, information assurance and cybersecurity services supporting the Pacific Region. The contract is valued at $8 million if all options are exercised. Kratos will provide a variety of technology services including customer/user service support; system operations support; information assurance and cybersecurity support; adoption and deployment of the web-centric development program; secure network administration and secure wireless systems support; and process improvement of knowledge management.

ManTech to Support Perimeter Surveillance in Iraq

October 4, 2010
By George Seffers

ManTech International Corporation recently announced that it has received a task order under its Strategic Services Sourcing prime contract to provide Base Expeditionary Target Surveillance Systems-Combined (BETSS-C) operators in Iraq. The multiple-award task order, in support of the U.S. Army's Project Manager Night Vision/Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition, has an expected value to ManTech of $70 million if all contract options are exercised. ManTech will provide BETSS-C operators and related administrative, managerial, logistics and business services necessary to support their deployment to Iraq. BETSS-C enhances perimeter surveillance, battle command and force protection at joint security stations, forward-operating bases and combat outposts throughout Iraq.

Stara Tech to Provide Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems in Afghanistan

October 1, 2010
By George Seffers

Stara Technologies Incorporated, Gilbert, Arizona, is being awarded more than $22 million for Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems (PGSS) Phase II for the U.S. Army. Stara will fabricate nine additional PGSS back-up systems with wide area surveillance-enabled sensors that are powered through existing renewable energy resources; install electro optical/infrared wide area surveillance on six existing PGSS back-up systems; and install all systems in theater and integrate surveillance data onto PGSS and the Afghan Mission Network/Centrix system. The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, is the contracting activity.